The HP TouchPad, revealed yesterday, is a sleek new device for the tablet category. But what’s inside could be even fresher—the TouchPad will be the first device to use a Qualcomm APQ8060 processor, a new chip in the company’s Snapdragon line ultra-low-power processors for mobile devices. The new model is “designed from the ground up to deliver unprecedented processing and 3D graphics performance,” Qualcomm said.
“Our work with industry leaders has allowed us to showcase the full spectrum of Snapdragon’s graphics and multimedia capabilities in both the tablet and smartphone space across major software platforms,” Raj Talluri, Qualcomm’s vice president of product management, said in a press release.
When the TouchPad goes on sale this summer, users will be able to see the processor in action when playing games with extensive 3D graphics like Armageddon Squadron II, according to the release. Qualcomm and HP collaborated with the developer, Polarbit, to ensure the game took full advantage of the new chip’s processing power. Visual effects like lighting and motion blur are said to be “real-word.”
The field of mobile device processors has been extremely active lately. Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chip drove imaginations—and vehicles—at CES last month, and Texas Instruments announced its OMAP5 chip earlier this week. Many more announcements are anticipated at Mobile World Congress, which begins this Sunday night in Barcelona, Spain. PCMag will have a full preview of MWC tomorrow morning.
The HP TouchPad is planned to hit store shelves with a WiFi-only version this summer and 3G/4G connected versions after that. There is no official word on pricing or potential carriers for the device, though AT&T is rumored to be a partner.